Integrated Nanosystems Research Facility

From Facilities Management:

To All,
We recently had a flood at Engineering Gateway – #321 on the west side of the building and as Project Manager I wanted to give everyone a brief overview of the progress of the clean up and the plan moving forward.

I would first like to acknowledge efforts of the UCI staff who were able to be on site, specifically Amy Provorse(Skilled Trades & Construction Services), Tony Garrit (Central Plant), John Walker (Electrical Shop), Juan Tapia (Plumbing), Alvin Samala(EH&S), who all helped to address the issues in as timely a manner as possible.

After investigation the cause of the leak was identified as a burst chilled water pipe in the mechanical shaft of the 3rd floor between rooms 3312 and 3304. Due to location of the pipe, at this time we have not been able to get close enough to see if the issue is with the pipe, fitting, or connection in-between.

The leak was first reported around 11:00am on 4/12/16

While the source of flooding was the third floor mechanical shaft, water traveled to the adjacent rooms 3312 & 3304. Through the bottom of the shaft water penetrated the ceiling into the clean room area on the second floor located directly below. While rooms W2311, W2312, W2314 were the worst affected, water was found down the hallway as far as room W2329.Water also traveled down the exterior stairway and into the first floor mechanical rooms.

Currently the chilled water has been turned off at the building level and due to availability of parts will be repaired tomorrow. We are currently working with NuAge, our on site JOC contractor to handle only the repair of the pipe at this time.

Once the pipe is repaired, we can begin to fully dry-out the space and see the true extent of the damage. Currently Anderson Group International has been onsite vacuuming up water and setting up air movers and dehumidifiers. Water is continuing to drip down from the sealed ceiling and AGI continues to clean up as puddles appear. They require 48 hours once the pipe is repaired to dry out the space and provide an assessment. I would like to note that due to the self cove base of the flooring, and the walls and ceilings being constructed of laminated plywood, at this damage looks to have been contained to a small area.

Some damage to note is that the electrical breakers directly outside W2312 will need to be replaced and parts are currently on order by John Walker and should be installed Tomorrow 4/14. Water also has been found under flooring where welded seems were already damaged and repaired by tape.

Once we finish the water remediation and have the assessment from AGI by Monday 4/18, we will be able to determine the extent of the repair work and impact to the facility moving forward. At this time I cannot make an statement as to when I believe the facility will be operational.


We will continue to keep you updated as things progress.